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Origins - Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 6.54%
Wants: 106
Gots: 117 | FT: 24
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Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mebuzzard on 01-25-2013

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Ratings: 408 | Reviews: 45
Photo of Joey2timer
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Older batches are better, fell of around batch 3

Photo of 14erFan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always enjoy trying a Crooked Stave brew for the first time and this one was an exceptional treat! The burgundy flavor is so perfectly wrapped in the sour. Just fantastic.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

March 26, 2015

375 ml bottle, snifter

A – Deep copper-red, a touch of mahogany and brown, with high clarity. An inch of head, large bubbles mostly, off-white to light tan, with low retention.

S – Lactic acid, sour and tart, and fruit punch aroma is prominent. Some light complementary barnyard, Brett funk, and souring acetic acid, though no impression of vinegar. A slightly viny, vegetal component. Malt might be light chocolate, a bit of toffee, but mostly hidden along with the hops.

T – Lactic acid / lactobacillus, moderately tart and puckering, with high acidity on the finish and aftertaste. Some sweet fruit, again resembling fruit punch, with cherry or grape juice notes. Malt character is very low, some bready-sweet and light chocolate, no discernible hop flavor.

M – Light and thin, with low carbonation. Mild puckering tartness and acidic on the finish. More sweet and sugary, very low bitterness.

O – A pleasant sour, no major flaws, but not particularly remarkable.

Photo of stakem
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml poured into snifter. The brew appears a dark burnt copper to mahogany color with big bubbly off-white cap.

The smell is fruity alcohol mixed with lemon and a soft oakiness like vanilla. In the back is a noticeable amount of mineral character.

The taste is lemony tart with oak and vanilla. Just like the nose, a noticeable amount of mineral flavoring is present across the finish.

This is light bodied and moderately carbonated. Overall not bad but not that great either. Im really not sure what this mineral thing is that seems common across each the crooked stave beers ive tried recently.

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4 2014

Pours crimson with a sliver of cream colored head. Sounds lovely. Stays effervescent, alright lacing & head retention

S: Sourness, red grapes, nose falls off quickly, but still nothing to sneeze at

T: Follows the nose, dry, sour. tart all up front. Raspberries, tartness; vinegar notes, red grape skins. Tartness, sourness, oakyness as this warms. Finishes dry, tart & red grapey

MF: Light bodied, slight carbonation & acidity, mustiness & dryness

These guys are F..ing expensive, but they make NO duds. These guys deliver

Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites from crooked stave...have had the pleasure of enjoying this one many times over the batches, but this review is based on batch 3. Enjoyed from a 2012 cellar reserve oversized wine glass.

a - brew pours a deep burgundy caramel brown, thin off white head doesn't hand and leaves some oil slick like bubbles on the surface of the brew. No lace to speak of.

s - nose is really nice. I am not normally a fan of darker burgundy sours, but this one kills it. Soft oaky vinegar...tart cherry, dark cherry. Very complex but not overdone.

t/m/o - hits the palate with a soft pucker of grape, this could pass for a Kriek all day, soft sour cherry with some oak. Easy drinking, very approachable sour and a killer base beer for variations. A winner all around. Worth hunting down and seeking out.

Photo of sunnrider
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was lucky to get this as an extra in a trade. My first from Crooked Stave.

Pours out reddish brown.
It smells sour, tannic and also some wood comes through.
Taste is pretty complex, I noticed red fruit, lemon sourness and malty almost chocolate like flavors.
Overall it´s a delicious dark sour beer with so many nuances that it shouldn´t work....but it does.

I instantly retraded for a bunch of CS beers of the back of this one.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep ruby brown, basically opaque, with a couple of fingers of tan head that slimmed quickly into a foamy collar

S: lots of tart notes, from lemon to cherry; dry oak, flowers, and bright herbs

T: tart dark fruit, full of sour citrus and accompanied by dry barrels of wood; sugars faint, of juice and jam; wine-like complexity and profile

M: mildly puckering and full of tingle, medium-to-light body, moderate carbonation, dry and sour finish

O: not surprising to say, this is an excellent dark sour, appropriately barrel-aged and of refined character. Recommended.

Photo of avalon07
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a deep, dark, mahogany brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of light fruit, citrus, and yeast. A little unusual.

T: Tasted of citrus, malt, Belgian-style yeast, a sourness, and a vinous quality. The oak quality is present, but not overly so. Kind of resembles a Flanders Oud Bruin, but with a slightly lighter character. Lively and complex.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A different kind of beer in the best way. Easy to drink and well done.

Photo of vfgccp
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nov 2014 batch 4, opened Dec 2014

A - Deep pomegranate body. Head settles into a fine white halo with nice retention and low lace.

S - Tingly sour nose. Grape skins, plums, Brazil nuts, and bright acidic sour lemons.

T - Much softer than the nose. Sour lemon, hazel nut, brown bread, and really nice earthy red beet note. Dry finish.

M - Smooth and medium-full for the style.

O - A nice variant on the style.

Photo of doremite
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Batch #3. Dark fruit mahogany in color. Nice tart component but far from overbearing. A must try for dark saison\flanders\old bruin fans. Fantastic beer. Personally would just prefer more oak presence in a barrel aged offering. More oak in this would be lights out.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax topped bottle ( 2013 Batch #2) into a snifter, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, blood red coloring, with a halo of off-white head. Dark and opaque. Nose of subtle sour funk, tart grape must, berry sweetness, stone fruit, tannins, and earthy notes. Flavors are cherry and grape forward, tart and sour, with a heavily roasted and sugary backbone, woody undertones, and a solid, dry, red wine character. Dry, slick bodied, with a tart grape and berry aftertaste. Dry throughout, straight through to the finish, with a lingering tart feel. Damn near perfect beer!

Photo of brianmandell
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

2013/Batch 2

Very sour; lemony and jammy with cherry and raspberry flavors. Vinous and mildly funky. Creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. So sour and so nice.

Photo of gcamparone
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks Keith!!

Pours a deep maroon body with an off white head that reduces quickly to a ring of foam.
Aroma is oaky, musty, funky, citrusy, with a tinge of vanilla. Upfront it's sour on the tongue, with dry sour grape notes, some funky basement, and oak /caramel / vanilla on the finish. Very complex. Medium carbonation, easy drinker with a medium body.

Absolutely delicious.. Super complex and balanced.

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

Batch 3, dated April 2014.

Malty with cherry tartness, vinegar and lacto sourness.
A tasty and well balanced sour. Good but not great. A bit young tasting right now, could develop well with some age.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Mr. B’s on my trip to Denver. Brew No. 3 of my night of BA Sours for the last day of my 20’s. Pours dark brown with barely any light showing through and an of white head that fizzes off rather quickly. Aroma has the requisite oak and sour vinegar, dark fruits, and some brown sugar notes on this one. Flavor is lightly sour with some candi sugar sweetness, vinegar, acidity, dark fruits, some black cherry. Dry tart finish, medium body, with medium low carbonation. This is nice, but takes a back seat to the Rufus Corvus and Red Poppy I had just before it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown and reddish. Nice off white head. Very wispy surface. Thick collar.

Smell - Bretty. A little acidic. Cherry aroma. Oak. Faint caramel malt.

Taste - Cherry is more.prominent. Tart turns to genuinely sour as it warms up. Bretty and earthy. More caramel malt. Maybe more toasty than caramel. Very dry and oaky in the back.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and light. Very dry. Medium sourness.

Overall - Not what I expected. Improved as I drank more of it, as always seems to happen with Crooked Stave.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 3/26/14

Appearance: Deep, dark ruby with some brown highlights - small, light beige head, fades to some wisps of a cap, leaves a few specs of lacing

Smell: Sour and tart, with some ripe oak - acidic and lactic sour, with some yeasty funk - touch of damp cellar - amber malts at the base, kind of like a Flanders Red - some dark fruits - some vinegar and a ton of oak

Taste: Fruity tartness - nicely tart, with some dark berry-like fleshy tartness - some red wine tannins - lactic, damp tartness - grape and cherry skins - more tartness, with a light touch of vinegar - big, chewy oak - barrel in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, with a tart, refreshing finish

Overall: Tart, sour, tasty

I'm not surprised that Crooked Stave made (another) great sour. I'm not really sure what category this falls into, but I guess the phrase "burgundy sour" makes sense. It's kind of like a Flanders Red, but also not. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to randum_ink for the bottle.

Appearance: Dirty brick reddish dark copper. Or burgundy. Head is light tan bubbly, thin with minimal retention. Loose bubbly colhay. . Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Dark cherry fruit leather. Worn and juicy with some tart cherry juice. A touch of blackberry and balsamic vinegar. Acetic with some lemon peel and a powdery citric acid push. Tart with a backing malt sweetness. A touch bready with some darker amber and caramel malts. Earthy with some straight damp funk. Some grass and hay. Fruity and tart like a leather wrapped shock tart.

Taste: Powdery citric bit up front. A touch of raw bready malt. Some caramelized malts add a mild sweetness and bready undertone. Sweet to balance everything else out. Powdery yeast adds some funk leaning earthy with some damp stone. Herbal with a floral edge. Tart. Cherry flesh and tannic skin coupled neigh a distinct blend of lactic and acetic acid. Some raspberry and a solid compliment of oak barrel. Oak and vague dark fruit. Dusted tart. Worn leather strips and cherry fruit leather. A lingering pale malt sweetness. Lemon zest, flesh and juice. Straight puckering tart.

Mouthfeel: Light leaning toward medium body. Minimal carbonation. Dryish on the finish with astringency throughout. A bit damp overall.

Overall: Born primordial.

You want a tart sour? Drink this. Do it.

Photo of rlee1390
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, deep ruby when pouring, two finger off white head.

S-Oak, funk charred notes, horse blanket.

T-Acidic, funky, lots of it. Oak and smoke as well. Green apples, grapes and cherries.

M-Medium bodied, nor much carbonation, tad watery but sour.

O-A solid sour, very funky. A very hit you in the face sour. Well made.

Photo of rawfish
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extra gifted by MinorThreat. Pours mahogany into a Odell globe glass, a small off white head forms with barely any retention and flecks of lacing left on the glass.

Cherries with a lemon and sharp green apple bite to it. Oak is very prevalent as is a dark toffee malt sweetness. Acidity is very high.

Lots of fruit tartness, white grapes, cherries, and more green apple and lemon. Sweetness brings in some dark fruit and oaky character. Finishes with some chalky funk, tartness and a pleasant drying feel.

Active carbonation helps to kick up the sour and medium body. The tartness and acidity makes the palate feel dry and crisp when cold but that feature is lost as the beer warms.

Medium to high acidity, a refreshing crisp sour much like a Flanders. Tartness and fruit acidic notes are featured with adequate wood without any funk. Not overly complex but a very good beer.

Photo of chugalug06
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2

Nice dark amber appearance brew with nice, soapy, one-finger straw colored head. No lacing. Moderate legs.

Very nice even, smooth, tart, robust, grassy, oakey, mild boozy green apple-lemon.

Very smooth for being so damn tart. Lots of heavy oak, lemon, blackberry, funky. Nice medium viscosity, strong body with lots to help uphold the base. Thin prickly carbonation pushes though fast acting tart, cranberry, dry, earthy flavors. Sweetness is low, but so is dryness. Kinda unusual.

Lip lickin' good. IMO, Batch #2 is superior to Batch #1. This is a very strong beer that provides a great base for what's to come in the future. Highly recommended, but not sessionable at all. 6oz. is a chore, but a good one.

Photo of Stevedore
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle, received as an extra, poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/22/2014 as part of our cellar/extras cleaning tasting.

App- Dark mahogany-red body, one finger tan head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing. Actually looks a lot like Oude Tart.

Smell- Acidity, a bit of oak, tart cherries, but not much malt presence to cut the sourness down.

Flavour- Non-descript acidity with a bit of oak, not much on way of malts. Not very complex but quite sour, 7/10. Good palate cleanser.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, just the right amount of carbonation, aftertaste is vinegary. Again, good palate cleanser.

Overall- Not a very complex beer, disappointing. We thought Oude Tart was more complex, and Oude Tart is most certainly not a complex Flanders red. I actually thought this was not that much different than Nightmare on Brett. The sour acidity is what stands out in these CS sours without a ton of complexity and additional flavours to pick out. That being said, it's still clean and enjoyable so I really can't dock the beer that much.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Crooked Stave a few months back and loved it. I brought a bottle home to enjoy and cracked it last week. This review is from my notes. \r\n\r\nI poured the beer into a Chimay goblet. \r\n\r\nOrigins had a very thin head, but abundant lacing about the glass and atop the liquid. The beer\'s color is intriguing, dark brown with hues of rouge. \r\n\r\nIt certainly had a unique smell, with cherries hitting my nose immediately, sour/tart notes, then dried fruit and dark malt. I definitely get something on the nose that suggests a brown ale. \r\n\r\nThe taste is similar to the nose, as the cherry notes are still prominent, but some chocolate notes make their way in, as do other sour fruit hints and the brown roasted malts. \r\n\r\nAs you\'d expect, the beer is very tart, has a biting sourness that makes the mouth pucker, and is quite smooth. There\'s low carbonation, which adds to the smoothness.\r\n\r\nOverall, a tasty beer that certainly stands apart from your average everyday beer. I enjoyed it.

Photo of popery
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep burgundy-brown color. Looks pretty clear. Smallish light beige head, fairly fizzy. The bubbles die away to not much after a minute or two. Aroma is sour and wood with a touch of funk. I was expecting a more acidic beer, and while it does trend that way a tad, this beer has a pretty nice balance of sour, wild flavors. There's a lot of sour fruit knocking around. Grapes, blackberries, peaches, cranberries, raspberries, apricots. While the funk is relatively mild, it does contribute and give the beer some depth. Best of all, there's none of that bile note that plagues so many American sours (at least for me). Solid woodiness and bretty funk. The taste has a pretty good acid bite running throughout. There's some soured maltiness, giving the beer a bit of body. Fairly vinous. A bit harsher than the aroma but it still doesn't go overboard. Quite dry. Light body. Very good beer.

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Origins from Crooked Stave Brewery & Taproom
95 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.